Yesterday afternoon, The Elephant’s Debt realized it had made an error on a recent post. In our post about the statement issued by the Great Commission Collective (GCC/former HBF), we identified Dr. Garret Higbee, former Chief Health Officer and Director of Biblical Soul Care at Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC), as a Board Member that signed on the GCC’s statement. In our piece, we had taken care to point out Dr. Higbee’s involvement and obviously we needed to rectify the situation.
As soon as we realized our mistake, we reached out to Dr. Higbee to apologize and to ask for his guidance on how he would like us to clarify the situation. After thinking it over, he said we could publish the following statements.
First, Dr. Higbee “agreed wholeheartedly with the statement” released by the Great Commission Collective (which can be read below).
Second, Dr. Higbee stated that his “concern with the leadership culture [at HBC] was not properly represented by the Elder Update referring to elder meeting reviews. While elder meetings were well managed, the overall leadership dynamic in [HBC] was deteriorating in his last year.”
Finally, there is one final matter that the authors need to clarify. While Dr. Higbee was the only individual we mischaracterized as being a member of the GCC Board, we did fail to acknowledge one individual who is on the board. That individual would be Earl Seals, who was a Harvest Bible Chapel Elder through 2017 and was one of the so-called “40 Mighty Men” who were high-end donors.
Our original post has been updated to reflect these changes.